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Volume 9, April 2014 | Contents

At the leading edge bookmark
Zilvinas Sadauskas, Chief executive officer, Locatory.com
Prior to captaining Locatory.com, Sadauskas was the web business solutions developer at Avia Solutions Group – the parent company of Locatory.com.
Capacity catches up bookmark
Asian travellers have shown a huge appetite for cheap air travel – but, as Martin Roebuck reports, in some markets LCC fleets are now outgrowing demand
Editorial comment – April 2014 bookmark
Why are airlines failing to cater for family flying?
Business packages, food, entertainment: the low cost and regional sector is adept at finding ways of increasing revenues. But one key area – families – has been largely ignored by many carriers, despite children possibly being the most demanding passengers an airline can have.
Families – ignore them or court them? bookmark
Some airlines dismiss the importance of catering for families, focusing instead on business passengers. However, the family unit is a mainstay for all carriers and, as Ian Putzger discovers, some are more open to the opportunities it presents than others
Fast track to Zambia bookmark
fastjet’s decision to set up a new base in Zambia was surprising, considering its relatively small market, but as Keith Mwanalushi discovers, small markets can hide untapped potential
Moving forward from labour pains bookmark
In the annals of commercial aviation, Aer Lingus has not exactly secured a place as a trailblazer; but last autumn the Irish airline was embroiled in a bitter dispute with employees that will likely find resonance with other airlines seeking new staff relations. Ian Putzger reports
Sell before boarding bookmark
The airlines’ juiciest customer segment became even more so last summer when Travel Market Report published the results of a recent survey – they found business travellers would buy ancillary products to improve their travel experience. Ian Putzger reports
Shifting planes bookmark
Aircraft leasing is growing in popularity and is especially attractive to carriers with capital cost challenges, but as Keith Mwanalushi finds out, the complexity of lease agreements and lease structures is also bound to grow
Turboprop trailblazers bookmark
ATR’s most recently certified aircraft have both now entered service worldwide. Keith Mwanalushi speaks to the European manufacturer to analyse the strategy behind the successful integration of the ATR-600 series
Weighty issues bookmark
Rising fuel prices are forcing aircraft manufacturers and airlines to reduce weight in the cabin. Keith Mwanalushi discovers why slashing weight for greater efficiency can be a complex task
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April 2014

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